House Of The Dragon Season 1 Review: An Odyssey Of Blood And Revenge

House Of The Dragon brings back the epic GOT moments but still has a long way to cover.

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House Of The Dragon Season 1 Review: An Odyssey Of Blood And Revenge
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After a jaw-dropping finale, House Of The Dragon season 1 bid goodbye to its fans. The ten-episode series narrates the story of the greatest battle among the most profound Targaryen House in the history of Westeros. The prequel series has a huge responsibility to prove that it can fly even higher than its predecessor, Game of Thrones.

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Moreover, it had to compete with Amazon’s billion-dollar show The Lord Of The Rings: The Rings Of Power. So in the battle of life and death, the prequel series had to rise in the sky and prove its worth to the audience. Despite such huge challenges, the show was a hit among the fans. In fact, its final episode became HBO’s most-watched.

However, it’s not like the series is without its flaws. House of The Dragon has its share of limitations, which makes us wonder about its future. Today we’ll pick apart what made the series click with the fans worldwide and what could have been done better. With that said, let’s take a look at the best moments of the series.

What makes House Of The Dragon season 1 the best?

House Of The Dragon Season 1 Review: An Odyssey Of Blood And Revenge
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The series took us back to the land of Westeros after almost three years. Following the footsteps of the original series, the show is filled with claims of succession, deadly weddings, terrifying dragons, and dirty political schemes. Adding a touch of realism, the show also includes dark nighttime scenes, which viewers find too hard to see.

The series might chart a familiar return to Westeros, but it is limited to some places. It is filled with forbidden love, which quickly transforms into deadly hate, secrets, and inquisitors. The fabulous costumes, intense music, and an almost invisible CGI makes every scene impeccable. Furthermore, the dragons are magnificent with their mind-blowing appearance. They can take away one’s breath just by gushing their wings in the sand to take off in the mighty sky.

The makers have done a fantastic job in casting as well. Beginning from Paddy Considine as Viserys to Emma D’Arcy as the older Rhaenyra, all the selections were spot on. The actors also gave their best to bring out the twisted and evil side of each of these shady characters. Furthermore, the fan-favorite Matt Smith proved how one can win hearts despite being chaotically evil.

Where House Of The Dragon Season 1 lost the battle?

House Of The Dragon Season 1 Review: An Odyssey Of Blood And Revenge
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While the series offered us many eye-watering moments, it also left us with some gruesome scenes, time skips, etc. For starters, the horrible time skips left fans with many unanswered questions. How Rhaenyra confronts Alicent after she back-stabbed her and marries Viserys? How Viserys finds peace after Daemon and Rhaenyra marry? After all, a few episodes back, Daemon almost defiled her niece, and King Viserys ruled him out of the Red Keep.

These questions will always clutter one’s thoughts while watching House of The Dragons. Moving on to the uneven pace of the series. In a rush to start the civil war, the makers showcased many essential scenes in a hurry. For example, the Crab Feeder was supposed to be the dangerous villain, but Daemon immediately finished him off.

Moreover, the scene where Laena commands Vhagar to burn her down has so many emotions. But due to the uneven pace, it lost its worth. Also, a show which is about a Kingdom lacks the general public in it. The majority of the series occurs in the castle, so fans get significantly less time to see new places in Westeros.

The GOT universe is infamous for its disrespect towards women and the prequel series continues in the first half of the series. While they tried to cope with epic scenes like Rhaenys escape and Alicent & Rhaenyra’s face-off, it isn’t enough for their past mistakes. Keeping all that in mind, here’s our conclusion to the series.

House Of The Dragon Season 1 in a nutshell

House Of The Dragon Season 1 Review: An Odyssey Of Blood And Revenge
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While season one tries hard to come near the Game Of Thrones level, it still has a long way to cover. Even after its flaws, the series became HBO’s most-watched title. Moreover, the nail-biting finale has left the fans on edge. The firey beasts have made our long wait worthwhile. Moreover, the evil plotting and scheming had us hooked throughout the ten episodes.

The last episode superbly shows new realms and characters. Furthermore, the good news is that the second season will have more realms and awesome characters. So we can safely assume that the forthcoming season will keep us entertained as long as the story remains fierce.

That’s all we have for this article. While you’re here, check out our streaming guide on the most plausible fan theories on HOTD season 2. Let us know your valuable feedback in the comments section below.

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